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Prosecutors Strike Gold In Retailers’ Dumpsters

Law360, New York (April 30, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT) -- In recent years, California prosecutors have accelerated enforcement actions against California retailers who are alleged to have improperly discarded seemingly benign retail items that may nevertheless classify as “hazardous waste” under federal or state law. The California Attorney General’s Office and local district attorneys — who can use the proceeds from multimillion-dollar settlements to fund their internal operations — have settled with a number of big-box retailers that operate in-state facilities. These retailers include home improvement stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, warehouse stores and even a cable provider....
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